The Monkey Cage: Russia

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Does the G-8’s suspension of Russia actually matter?

What data about past suspensions from international organizations can tell us about Russia’s suspension from the G8

By Felicity Vabulas  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Petro-aggression: How Russia’s oil makes war more likely

How Russia’s oil income may help fuel its aggression

By Jeff Colgan  |  11:04 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Crimea: Putin’s Olympic diversion

Corruption related to spending on the Sochi Olympics looked certain to become a major headache for Putin, until Crimea took center stage.

By Kimberly Marten  |  05:53 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, Ukraine

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Vladimir Putin: Ethnic Russian Nationalist

In his speech on Tuesday, Putin switched adjectives from “Rossisskii” to “Russkii.”Here’s why that’s important.

By Kimberly Marten  |  12:36 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nationalism, Russia, Ukraine

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 03/18/2014

What is motivating Putin?

Four different possible explanations with different implications for the future.

By Joshua Tucker  |  09:54 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, Ukraine

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 03/06/2014

‘Cold Wars’: The week in one song


By Christopher Federico  |  01:36 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, The Week in One Song, Ukraine

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/03/2014

Crimean autonomy: A viable alternative to war?

The question of Crimea’s role with Ukraine has long been complex. Could more and better defined autonomy defuse the current crisis?

By Gwendolyn Sasse  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civil conflict, Crimea, international relations, Russia, Ukraine

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 03/01/2014

4 reasons why Crimea is not Abkhazia

There are significant differences between Crimea in Ukraine and Abkhazia in Georgia, with significant implications for how events unfold in Crimea.

By Kimberly Marten  |  08:09 PM ET, 03/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, international relations, Russia, Ukraine

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Putin and the creative class: Who loves him, who hates him, and who couldn’t care less?

While Russia’s urban elite may loosely support the current regime, it doesn’t trust it and the support doesn’t run very deep.

By Graeme Robertson and Sam Greene  |  09:24 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Data, public opinion, Russia, urban elites

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 02/17/2014

The culture of corruption: Russians pay, but they don’t like it

Original research finds surprisingly little support among Muscovites for bribe paying.

By Timothy Frye  |  12:07 PM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  corruption, Russia

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 12/23/2013

What is Putin thinking? Four possible answers

Vladimir Putin once again revealed his ability to surprise by pardoning Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Was this due to the Sochi effect, the Navalny/Ukraine effect, the game theory effect or the Mandela effect?

By Joshua Tucker  |  11:01 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Human Rights, Russia

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Three reasons why protests in Ukraine could end up helping Yanukovych

Massive amounts of relatively condition-free aid from Russia and the long-term implications of the prominent role of nationalist movement in recent Ukrainian protests suggest - counter-intuitively - that the current president could come out of protests stronger rather than weaker.

By Joshua Tucker  |  11:45 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Ukraine